Category: Courtroom

First Freddie Gray Trial Gets Underway

This morning the press gathered in the Media Room before final jury selection. The jury was empanelled in short order and opening statements were heard. Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby took a seat directly in front of a bench full

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Jury Selection In First Of Freddie Gray Trials

Baltimore City police officer William Porter stood before a courtroom full of prospective jurors as his trial began. Porter is the first of six police officers to go on trial for the death of Freddie Gray. After some preliminary questions

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The Subway Guy Goes To Prison

The former spokesman for the Subway chain of sandwich shops sat in an Indianapolis courtroom Thursday morning waiting for the ax to fall on life as he knew it. Once worth fifteen million, Jared Fogle, who became famous for losing

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A Common Theme?

The week before last – time flies, I’ve been busy – I went on the road to cover two hearings a few hundred miles apart though in some ways alike. Both defendants were at one time coaches, and both are suspected

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Ahmed Abu Khatallah

It had been almost a year since the only suspect in the attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi appeared in court a couple weeks ago. Still looking very much like an Old Testament prophet, Khatallah took notes as defense lawyers

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Contempt Hearing Over Gay Marriage

There weren’t many people at the federal courthouse in Ashland, KY when I arrived this morning around seven o’clock.This couple had been there since before five. Those opposed to same-sex marriage stood on the left with their signs, while on

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Tom Brady And NFL Back In Court: Deflategate Part II

Patriots star quarterback Tom Brady and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell were back in a Manhattan courtroom yesterday after again failing to come to a settlement over Brady’s four game Deflategate suspension. Judge Richard Berman said he would therefore rule on the issue

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Tsarnaev Sentencing Sketches

Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was formally sentenced to death on Wednesday. After two dozen victims and family made statements about suffering, strength, courage, and love, Tsarnaev was given the opportunity to address the court. It was the first time, except

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The Verdict Is Death For Tsarnaev

Nothing to say except I’m glad it’s over, which, of course, it isn’t. 

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A Question From The Jury, A Laugh From Tsarnaev

On the first full day of deliberations the jury had a question that so perplexed the judge and lawyers that clarification was sought before it could be answered. A first for this trial, we heard Tsarnaev laugh. While waiting for

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